Chelsea Magazine

Scotland Magazine

Scotland Magazine

March/April 2021
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Published 6 times a year every issue of Scotland Magazine delves in to the history of Scotland; from the mysterious clans to the great leaders, from the spirited creative individuals to the historical life of Scotland’s greatest castles and houses. Filled with the wonderful hidden secrets of the country, Scotland Magazine captures the spirit of this great nation, explores its history and heritage and recommends great places to visit.

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in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

Spring is nearly here, summer is on the horizon and I am hopeful that some of my travel plans are finally going to come to fruition. Top of my travel list (as soon as I am allowed) is a solo trip to the Outer Hebrides (above). I am also hoping to reach Shetland this year and, en route, I’m planning a little exploration of Aberdeenshire, so I found this issue’s Balmoral country (p14) hugely inspiring. Now, I have to admit, if there’s one thing that’s helped keep my spirits up (excuse the pun) through the pandemic, it’s having a wee dram every now and then. I’ve always been more of a Jura or Islay whisky drinker, so it was nice to speak to some of the distilleries in Speyside, Scotland’s irrefutable whisky…

1 min.
culloden development rejected

Plans to develop a derelict steading near the Culloden Battlefield into a family home have been rejected by Highland Councillors, in a move that has been welcomed by the National Trust for Scotland, which cares for a core part of the historic site. This is the second time plans have been submitted, having previously been given the go ahead and then later rejected by Scottish Ministers. The National Trust for Scotland’s operations manager at Culloden, Raoul Curtis-Machin, said: “We are pleased that the Council have acted to protect the area’s important heritage with this decision. Our charity knows how much the public value this special place and we are all concerned about the impact of encroaching development on one of Scotland’s most significant battle sites. We all need to play our part…

1 min.
gleneagles comes to edinburgh

Scotland’s iconic sporting and country estate, Gleneagles, renowned for its luxurious rooms, outdoor activities and numerous restaurants, is opening its first ever outpost in Edinburgh in autumn 2021. Located in the former Bank of Scotland building on St Andrew Square, Gleneagles Townhouse will be a boutique hotel offering some of the glamour for which Gleneagles is famous. Alongside 33 rooms, the hotel will have a restaurant, two bars and a rooftop terrace with views over the capital.…

1 min.
michelin star for glasgow

Glasgow restaurant Cail Bruich and head chef Lorna McNee have been awarded a Michelin star, the first in the city in 18 years. The accolade is particularly impressive as McNee earned it just over five months into her first head chef role. Lorna became head chef at Cail Bruich in August 2020, following her previous role as sous chef at two Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie, where she started her career as an apprentice. Lorna’s menu consists of plates such as west coast crab and Peterhead cod, using Scottish seasonal ingredients, all served with a light touch. Though currently closed due to lockdown, once restrictions are lifted, Cail Bruich will reopen for five- and nine-course tasting menus. © JOHN SINCLAIR/NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND/KEITH GODDERHAM/GREENSHOOTS PHOTOGRAPHY…

1 min.
digging deeper

If you’ve enjoyed the recent film, The Dig, about Sutton Hoo, then you may be interested in a very real research project currently underway into one of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century: the Galloway Hoard. Discovered in 2014, the Galloway Hoard is the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. Now, a three-year £1m research project by National Museums of Scotland and the University of Glasgow aims to find out as much as possible about the precious items in the collection. Dr Martin Goldberg, the principal curator of medieval archaeology and history at National Museums Scotland, and lead investigator on the project, said: “Most hoards are usually interpreted as buried wealth, with the focus on events surrounding the moment of burial. The…

1 min.
living the lighthouse dream

An English couple have made the bold decision to up sticks in the middle of the pandemic and go and live in a 19th-century lighthouse keepers’ home in southwest Scotland. Helen Mason and John Harris of Norfolk have bought the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, on the Rhins of Galloway, near Stanraer, which was built by lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson. Helen says: “We came up here and stayed in a friend’s bothy about eight years ago, saw the area and fell in love with it. We almost forgot about it but once Covid hit, we decided that the time was right for us to make a change.” Despite the hotel industry suffering hardship through the pandemic, the couple plan to keep the hotel going and believe they have stumbled upon a “hidden gem”. They financed…